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Have you ever started an online course with the intention of finishing it, only to lose motivation halfway through it? I certainly have. Online learning is great, but it can be lonely. We know. At Class Central, we’re online learners ourselves. Gone are the days where online course forums were buzzing with activity, helping you stay motivated and on track.

This is why for over a year, we’ve been running an experiment at Class Central. We’ve been trying to add a social layer on top of free online courses. Initially, we called it Study Groups. We thought it would attract mostly learners like us. But right off the bat, course instructors asked to be involved too. So now, we call it Cohorts.

Cohorts in a Nutshell

You can learn all about Class Central Cohorts here, but in a nutshell, cohorts consist of learners worldwide:

  • Taking an online course together, following a common study schedule.
  • Asking questions and supporting each other through a dedicated forum.
  • Meeting weekly on Zoom with a guide to learn together and stay motivated.

We also organize bootcamps, which are a special type of cohort, built for scale. You can learn all about Class Central Bootcamps here.

Meet the Instructors

David Hik (POLAR), Raj Raghunathan (University of Texas), Nicky Bull (Macquarie University)

Cohorts can be led by a peer, a subject matter expert, or the actual instructor of the course.

Over the past year, we had the chance of having fantastic instructors leading our cohorts, including Dr. Raj Raghunathan, Professor at the University of Texas, who led the A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment Cohort, and Dr. David Hik, who led the Mountains 101 Cohort and is now heading an ambitious scientific and outreach mission in the Canadian Arctic.

And our 2022 cohorts will be no different. For instance, Dr. Barbara Oakley, Professor at Oakland University and creator of Learning How to Learn (one of the most-popular MOOCs ever, with over 3 million enrollments on Coursera) will lead a cohort structured around her latest course, Uncommon Sense Teaching. A few months back, Barb spoke to our bootcampers about the neuroscience of learning. Discover her teaching style below.

Spring 2022 Cohorts

Without further ado, here is our cohorts lineup for the start of 2022.

Uncommon Sense Teaching Cohort with Barbara Oakley

Cohort with the acclaimed Instructor Barbara Oakley with 4+ million learners worldwide. This course weaves late-breaking insights from neuroscience with practical new approaches from the classroom. It starts on January 17. More details and enrollment here.

Cultural Intelligence Cohort with Simon Büschges

Learn how to work better with culturally diverse people in this global and interconnected world. This cohort will be led by work and organizational psychologist Simon Büschges. It starts on January 17. More details and enrollment here.

Modern Product Leadership with John Johnson

Learn how to become a better leader by understanding modern product management from one of the best MOOC creators, John Johnson. He has educated over 50k learners worldwide. The cohort starts on February 14. More details and enrollment here.

Science Friday: Black Holes Cohort

Black holes are astronomical objects that capture the imagination. In this cohort, we’ll try to understand the scientific concepts that underpin them. If you liked the movie Interstellar, join this peer-led cohort. It starts on January 3. More details and enrollment here.

Aprendiendo a Aprender (Cohorte en Español)

En este Cohorte de 4 semanas, descubrirás invaluables técnicas de aprendizaje basadas en la neurociencia presentadas en el aclamado curso “Aprendiendo a Aprender” (Learning How to Learn) por Orlando Trejo, instructor del curso en Español. Empezamos el 3 de enero. Más información e inscripciones aquí.

Spring 2022 Bootcamps

Finally, here are our upcoming bootcamps — tech cohorts made for scale — which already have over 12K enrollments. They start on January 10. More details and enrollment below.

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Manoel Cortes Mendez

Software engineer and online graduate student in computer science passionate about education, technology, and their intersection.

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